5 Things to Consider for Your Bug Out Vehicle; 6 Types of BOVs

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Is your bug out vehicle ready to go? Have you even thought about it? In a disaster situation, you may need to get out fast, either because your area is being evacuated or because you perceive the area as unsafe for your family. So having a bug out vehicle is important.

When choosing a bug out vehicle, you need to consider several things.

1. How big does it need to be? Does it need to carry a large family or just one or two people? Will you need to carry many supplies, or does it just need to safely get you to your bug out location? Depending on your answers, you may be just fine in a 4wd car or you may need a truck, van or larger vehicle.

2. What will you need to bring along? Again, what supplies will need to go with you? Do you need to carry months worth of food and other supplies or just enough for a couple of days? Will your supplies fit into a couple of backpacks or will you have boxes full of supplies?

3. How far will you need to go? This is relevant because if you have a gas guzzler and the gas stations are closed, you may not be going very far.

4. Will you modify your current vehicle or are you able to purchase an additional vehicle to get you where you are going safely.

5. What conditions are you likely to encounter? If you are forced to evacuate due to extreme weather, you may think you’ll be traveling paved city roads, but realize that many weather events result in debris of all kinds littering the roads and surrounding areas. A 4wd vehicle may be needed to get around.

Types of Bug Out Vehicles

1. Self-contained mobile living quarters – This may be an RV or a van converted into a camper of sorts. I have also seen old school buses converted into a mobile living area. You may be able to store a great deal of supplies and still have room for a small family. Unfortunately, these are not exactly fuel efficient.

2. Truck or SUV – I can envision piling supplies into the back of my pick up truck, loading the family in and hitting the road. My supply of freeze dried food can feed us for months and won’t take up much space, leaving room for camping supplies, etc. I can see camping at night, either in the truck or in a tent. If you can see doing the same, this may be a good option for you. Again, not great on fuel, but maybe better than a bus or RV. Then again, some diesel RVs can get better fuel economy than a truck. You’ll need to compare this if you are making a purchase.

3. Fuel-efficient car – This may be a good option if you don’t have much to carry along with you. It is certainly a more fuel efficient option, especially if you have an electric vehicle.

5. Motorcycle or bike – This will work if you can fit everything you need into a backpack and you only have yourself to worry about. You may be able to get around in areas where larger vehicles struggle. You can also carry a small tent so you have a place to sleep. Of course, you won’t have much protection from the elements as you travel.

6. Your own two feet – Fuel won’t be an issue (unless you consider food), but you’ll have to carry everything you need including food, water, shelter and extra clothing, etc. Still, if you are able to hunt/forage for food and have a good way to purify water, that may not be a huge issue for you.

What is your perfect bug out vehicle?

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One thought on “5 Things to Consider for Your Bug Out Vehicle; 6 Types of BOVs

  1. I personally believe that you will be more efficient if you convert to propane (gomowpropane) instead of the regular fuel or gas is that its cost effective and if there was a power outage, gas stations could not pump gas however you do not need electricity to fill propane tanks.

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